Both of Carla Santorno's presentations for tonight's School Board meeting are already posted online.
- School/Family Partnership Advisory Committee Annual Update
- Math Update (7:18 pm update; just noticed that this presentation has now been removed from the agenda)
And Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's presentation is now posted as well. It includes responses to School Board and community questions/concerns about the closure recommendations.
- Superintendent's Update
9:00 pm - break (I'm done blogging for the night. If anyone stays/watches to the end, I'd be interested to hear whether the Board follows Chris Jackins' request to remove several items from the Consent Agenda so they can be discussed further before voting.)
8:40 pm - School-Family Partnership presentation; Michelle Corker-Curry and parent committee (including Charlie Mas) presenting.
8:30 pm - DeBell asked Board for any other questions on closures.
Sundquist asked whether 1-3 and 4-5 split for APP would be possible. Dr. G-J said will bring back response to Board later.
Sundquist raised SBOC desire to have own building. Asked whether co-location is really necessary according to district research. Staff answer seems to be "no", it is the instruction that happens in the classroom that is essential.
Chow verifying that any changes/questions/amendments from Board members need to be submitted in writing in by noon next Tuesday to Superintendent for review. DeBell said "yes." Amendments will then be posted on district website by Wednesday at noon. Also pointed out that closure vote on Thursday, January 29th will not include public testimony so tomorrow night (22nd) is final opportunity for public testimony on closure proposal.
Maier asked whether minor changes discussed tonight (Summit and AAA enrollment priority for alternative schools) will be posted as amendments. Dr. G-J said these are responses to inquiries, not changes. Any Board member who wants that to be implemented needs to officially propose it as an amendment.
7:55 pm - Returning to Dr. G-J's presentation. Lead of by Brad Bernatek to talk about functional capacity.
Released data on January 13th. Details on slides 23-25 in Superintendent's presentation.
(missed most of this presentation and follow-up Board questions for kids' bed time; please post comments about anything missed here)
Dr. G-J addressed potential impact of closures on attrition rate, then spoke about design teams.
- Eleven design teams, one for each site directly impacted by the proposed closures and program relocations.
- Additional design teams to "support the students and staff at the fourprograms that are being recommended for discontinuation (AAA, Meany, Cooper, and Summit)."
Maier asked for frequent reports to Board on work and progress of design teams. Dr. G-J said "yes" that is part of plan.
7:30 pm - DeBell stopped Dr. G-J for Board questions on presentation so far.
Sundquist asks clarifying question: will closed schools have design teams? Dr. G-J says "yes" and will discuss further later in recommendation.
Sundquist also asks whether Cooper school can be moved together to another school that is either empty or has room. Will labor agreements allow that? Holly answers that it is important to note that doing so would disburse another community. Since another community would be dispersed, labor agreements and issues of seniority would make it so that move of staff and students together could not be guaranteed.
Carr asks about other potential moves that would keep large groups of Cooper students together. Holly answers that there isn't a better solution for placing students than the one proposed. Tracy Libros says it is a question of whether it is more important to keep larger groups of students together or more students closer to home. Says Arbor Heights and Roxhill have space but are not near where Cooper students live.
Carr asks follow up question about how students who are being displaced will be well-served. Dr. G-J says closing education gap is important both for students being displaced and others across the district who are not being well-served.
Maier asked follow-up question on enrollment priority for Summit K-12 and AAA. Tracy Libros explained that regional priorities and transportation rules still apply which means no additional transportation costs are incurred. Martin-Morris asked follow-up question. Points out that for many Summit K-12 students who live in the North/Northeast this priority may not be meaningful since no open seats at Salmon Bay or Thornton Creek. Libros confirms that there are not enough alternative seats in the North/Northeast for all displaced Summit families. Says it would also be good to look at first-choice data because some Summit families go there by choice but others choose it because couldn't get space elsewhere.
Bass says that wish had given schools opportunity and resources to improve and metrics for success before presenting school closure proposal.
DeBell asked whether additional resources/interventions can be focused on schools where students displaced by closures are attending. Dr. G-J said "yes."
7:15 pm - Superintendent's Update
Dr. G-J reviewing presentation posted at the top of this blog post earlier tonight.
Started by reviewing achievement data and talking about work to close the education gap.
Moved to responses to Board questions on closures from 1/7/09. Says will focus resources and attention of district on schools displaced students are assigned to create a "strong academic environment."
Summit K-12 and AAA families could get priority for enrollment (after siblings and region) to other alternative schools. Transportation would follow the same rules that currently apply.
Students who wish to apply to other APP program could apply and be admitted on a space available basis. Currently only 2 students are within walk zone to Lowell who will be assigned to Thurgood Marshall under current proposal.
Outlined details of where Cooper students would be assigned. Largest number to Gatewood. Second largest number to West Seattle Elementary. Third largest number to Pathfinder.
Discussed staff assignment process.
Says can't move T.T. Minor Montessori with T.T. Minor General Education program together to Lowell because wouldn't leave room for other programs in Lowell to agree.
Reviewed data on APP testing and how many who qualify enroll (currently 85%). Suggests reopening APP testing window for kids in certain affected schools (Thurgood Marshall, T.T. Minor, Meany, Hamilton). Says APP classes will continue to be self-contained.
Briefly discussed NOVA/SBOC co-location.
6:10 pm - Public Testimony...only blogging "highlights" not comprehensively tonight; for me that means either new information, new opinions/perspectives or interesting quotes.
Chris Jackins: "closure proposal is like one unfortunate game of Sorry"
Robert Femiano: teacher who would prefer to have additional instruction days rather than 3 days of professional development; asking for teacher survey before making this decision; opposes closure proposal, particularly closure of T.T. Minor and other Central district changes.
Carol Simmons: spoke about institutional racism and negative impact of closures on children of color and from low-income families
Summit K-12 student spoke movingly about being a "social outcast" who hasn't fit in to any other school.
Debra Mobley said large numbers of APP students attending Washington Middle School and Garfield are non-residents.
Chris Fitzgerald spoke about central administration costs growing 2-4 times faster than revenue and attrition rates.
Maria Ramirez (Executive Director of Campana Quetzal and member of Friends of SBOC and contributor to this blog) stood with group of others who agree with her; says proposed move of SBOC to Meany is not in best educational interests of SBOC students. Spoke of district's past promises. "You have not begun to address the 75 recommendations in the bilingual audit." Wants a planning year before any changes are made.